Robber hits Grand Avenue payday lender
Post Independent Editor
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A man dressed in black took an undisclosed amount of cash from the Checks Into Cash store in a robbery Wednesday morning, said Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson.
Based on the initial investigation, the robbery does not appear to be related to recent bank robberies in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, El Jebel or Clifton, he said.
Wilson said the man walked into the payday lending business in the 1900 block of Grand Avenue about 10:24 a.m.
He handed the two women working there a note, which said he had a gun, and asked them to give him the store’s cash.
The women handed over the cash and the man left. He never displayed a gun, Wilson said. There were no customers in the store at the time.
“The whole thing lasted about 30 seconds,” Wilson said.
The man turned the corner and was last seen walking east toward Valley View Hospital.
Wilson called the store employees’ reaction “professional and intelligent.”
“These women handled themselves exactly as we want them to. They handed the guy the cash, they notified us quickly, and because of that, nobody was hurt or put in danger,” Wilson said.
“It may be counter-intuitive, but compared to somebody being injured, or worse, the individual’s safety is way more important than whatever dollars and cents somebody walks out with,” he added.
The store employees described the robber as a white man in his 20s, 6 feet tall, of a medium to stocky build, wearing a black hoodie or windbreaker jacket, black pants, black shoes, a black bandana over his face, and a camouflage print ball cap.
At this point, leads are slim, Wilson said.
“We talked to other businesses in that area and financial institutions. But we don’t have a lot to work with,” he said.
“Obviously we are involved in a regional run of robberies that’s pretty unprecedented,” Wilson said. “We’d advise any business person to be very alert.”
He said local law enforcement agencies and the FBI continue to compare notes about the recent robberies.
Wednesday’s robbery doesn’t qualify for FBI involvement, he noted, because a check-cashing store is not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
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